2016 Silver Wing Nada Waipara Chardonnay

2016 Silver Wing Nada Waipara Chardonnay

90 Points Richard Caro
2016 Silver Wing Nada Waipara Chardonnay
90 Points Richard Caro

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A complex, cloudy 'natural wine' made from Chardonnay grape in Waipara. Using vitually no sulphites, this is a funky and mineral wine with heaps of complexity and texture. This added texture is partly from some being destemmed for a few hours skin contact (giving slight tannin-like extraction) before pressing and fermentation. A serious natural wine in the ancient and very current style - this is nothing like your average Chardonnay, but serious quality and a unique food white.

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$31.99 in mixed 6+ or $35.99 per bottle




Its Origins

After stints in various regions of New Zealand as well as Navarra, Spain, winemaker Andrew Fox had established the strong relationships in the Waipara region enabling him to beg, borrow and lease his way into founding his own label, Silver Wing. It is focused entirely on the varieties that showcase Waipara as perhaps New Zealand’ most exciting terroir - producing Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, all carefully sourced from closely managed local vineyards. Leveraging its outsider status and commitment to artisan values, a special focus of Silver Wing is natural and traditional winemaking, including hand-picking, indigenous yeast fermentation and good use of skin contact. Silver Wing are also one of the only local producers of a no-sulphites-added wine, the Nada Pinot Noir.

What The Critics Say

Winemaker notes on 2016 vintage

"Barrel ferment in 50% New french barrels, Natural wine produced without Sulphite/Chemical additions, Unfiltered and Unfined"

John Saker, Food and Wine on stuff.co.nz (2015 vintage)

"Cloudy in the glass, this remarkable, weighty, sulphur-free, natural wine is mouthfilling with big flavours – apricot and peach characters framed by lovely fresh herbs. It has a settled, unhurried quality, and a fine tapering finish. Go to silverwingwines.co.nz"

17.5-/20 Raymond Chan (2014 vintage)

"A single vineyard wine, hand-picked fruit from 20 y.o. vines, 40% destemmed and given 4 hours skin contact, the remainder WBP, indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 15% new French oak, the wine undergoing batonnage and approx. 90% MLF. Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, This has an elegantly concentrated nose of white and yellow stonefruits melded with subtle flinty lees and reductive complexities, along with nutty detail and sweet, lifted oak and smoky notes. A little waxiness emerges in the glass. Medium-bodied, tightly bound and elegantly presented flavours of white stonefruits, nuts and waxy elements feature on the palate. This has a good core with a smooth-flowing, energetic line. The textures are fine and the mouthfeel lively from the bright acidity. The nutty and flinty flavours carry through to a long, lingering, concentrated finish. Serve with seafood and poultry over the next 3-4 years. 17.5-/20 Nov 2015 RRP $28.00."

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    Natural Wine is not recommended for aging, and the unique styles mean we can't assist with returns or refunds for quality issues

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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